This initial view represents just a touch of the creative design and architecture soon to be discovered below at this home located at 5972 Margarido  Drive in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland.   Gracious columns and archways, gleaming floors and stunning woodworking represent just a portion of the distinction of this residence.  Custom designed by local architect Mark Becker, it is a unique and outstanding home, and features 4 bedroooms, and 4 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 3646 sf of living space.  

The exterior of this tri-level home, is dramatic and compelling in appearance.  The second floor balcony is the one represented in the view directly above, and it, and the other two levels, offer panoramic Bay area views that only an Oakland hillside home can provide.  The gracefully arched windows on the second floor, and the handsome color combinations of white and black window trim contrast perfectly with the light terra cotta external surface coloring.

 Guests entering the home are greeted with this stunning and expansive living and dining complex. Gleaming golden colored hardwood floors contrast beautifully with the many graceful arches and impressive columns above them. Note the height of the vaulted ceiling, and the gently curved banister on the stairs to the second floor. 

 The living room is gracious and inviting, and is built around an imaginative central fireplace that is paired with an expansive mantel that invites display of favored collectibles.  Directly ahead are three front windows, and a side window that promise stunning city views any hour of the day or night.  

Adjacent to the living room is this uniquely placed dining room that is the core of an entertainment complex for residents and guests.  Spacious and engaging, it is well suited for formal dining, if desired.  It furnishes more than enough floorspace for a very large table, accompanying chairs, and a credenza.  The table can also be used as a site for buffet service for an special luncheon or afternoon tea. 

From this central spot, guests can easily move to the front of the home and enjoy the Bay area views, or step to the patio area in the rear of the residence.  

This appealing kitchen has been both designed and updated to provide every feature that would create an atmosphere where entertaining and fine dining are easily achieved.  Imaginatively conceived, it features multiple workspaces, and varied and stellar amenities.  Featured here is a stone counter, a central island with built in microwave, and plentiful workspace for meal preparation.  Also included  is a dishwasher, a gas range/cooktop, and a double oven.

 A reverse perspective of the kitchen provides an even more expansive view of the room.  The central island is has been adapted for  use as a breakfast bar for quick and easy meals,  and, below, generous storage and counter space is revealed.  Just steps away is a pleasantly sized eat in kitchen that incorporates views of the scenery below.  The gently arched ceilings are provided with recessed lighting to add to the warmth.

 A sunny daytime perspective of the eat in kitchen dining area reveals its generous size, a very flexible and sizable storage cabinet, and, of course, the view.

 As would be anticipated, the master bedroom is stunning.  Generous in size, it has its own private view balcony just outside a pair of floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.  It is easily adaptable to a variety of floor plans, and its multiple windows and richly colored hardwood floors offer even more potential.

 A reverse aspect of the room reveals a private fireplace that is perfect for a cool winter evening, a cup of tea, and a good book. Just beyond is a large walk-in closet space.  

 Adjacent to the master bedroom is this very luxurious master bathroom that is complete with all the luxuries that are required for a home of this caliber.  Seen here is an elegant and soothing spa like tub with sparkling Bay views, an updated shower, and a walk in closet.  

Directly opposite the tub is this generously sized bathroom sink.  Softly colored in creams and beige, the pair of twin sinks are topped by a full length mirror, and a very generous amount of drawers and cabinets for storage and linen.

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your consideration and review.  The second bedroom seen here has view windows, and space for a desk, chest of drawers, and perhaps soft side chair if desired.

 A  cozy third bedroom is available, complete with views to the garden outside and a unique wooden entry door.  

The lower level of the residence is a perfect gathering place as a family or recreation room.  There is more than ample space for entertaining and relaxing, and an additional nook for a small mini office space, as seen here.

True to the home's concept, there are full sized doors that open onto a handsome stone balcony, and the surrounding gardens. An extra feature that is subtle, and still surprising, is the fact that this room has been converted into a media room with a built in screen and projector (seen above).

 As mentioned above, (and seen at night at the opening scene of the tour) the dining room provides a direct passageway through the house from the second floor front balcony to the serenity of the back patio with the stunning central lion head fountain, and the gently soothing water stream that it provides.  


 Surrounded by lush greenery and plantings, the patio area is a subtle, and welcoming, meeting place for friends and residents, alike.  

 If you would like to make this home yours, and enjoy the stunning Bay area views from almost every room in the home, and be close to all the shops, restaurants that makes Rockridge such a unique neighborhood, I invite you to call me with your interest and questions at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $2,495,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mancino Dudum and Jeff Weissman of Avenue 8 Inc.)


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